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In re Application of Ronson Corp.

Decided: November 13, 1978.

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF RONSON CORPORATION FOR A HELISTOP-PRIVATE USE LICENSE IN BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY


On appeal from a final determination of the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Kole and Milmed.

Per Curiam

The Township of Bridgewater appeals from an "Adjudication and Order" of the Acting Commissioner of Transportation (Commissioner) adopting the report of the hearing officer in the case and directing the issuance of a Class I Helistop (Private Use) License, with conditions, to respondent Ronson Corporation (Ronson), the helistop to be located on Ronson property in Bridgewater Township.

The presiding (hearing) officer at the public hearing on Ronson's application to the Division of Aeronautics of the Department of Transportation (Department) for the helistop license found, among other things, that

The procedures required by the New Jersey Administrative Procedures [Procedure] Act for publication and notification of the Hearing were complied with, and notice was disseminated to all parties concerned as indicated in the transcript of the Hearing.

The proposed landing site meets the requirements of N.J.A.C. 16:54-4.1 et seq., and has been found satisfactory from a safety point of view by a qualified aeronautical inspector.

In view of (a) the location of the proposed landing site between two major highways [Route 287 and State Highway 22] in an area zoned for general commercial and manufacturing activities, (b) the nature of the area under the proposed approach and departure paths, (c) the estimated frequency of of [ sic ] use, (d) the restriction of operation to daylight hours only, and (e) the type helicopter to be used, excessive noise is not a significant factor.

The proposed operation does not create an unacceptable fire hazard.

There is no evidence to support a contention that the proposed operation will adversely impact on wildlife.

He concluded:

1. The helistop proposed by Ronson Corporation complies with all requirements of Title 5 [6] of N.J.S.A. and of Subchapter J of Title 16 of the N.J.A.C.

2. An appropriate showing has been made to warrant the issuance of a license, with certain conditions attached in the ...


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